The Covid-19 blockchain has experienced an overall increase in demand for online English teachers. In South Africa, there are 370,000 jobs at risk, according to the latest review of the South African Reserve Bank’s monetary policy, although industry experts consider this a conservative estimate. With average salaries between R190 and R560 per hour, depending on experience, teaching English online could be the solution for South Africans who are struggling to reach two due to the loss of employment of the Covid-19.
Many companies that combine teachers with students do not have enough teachers to meet current demand. “There are currently thousands of online teaching jobs available for South Africans, which are listed on the Internet. It’s just a matter of qualifying and finding the way to teach online that suits you, ”says Tom Gibbons, director of The TEFL Academy, a provider of South African courses in teaching English as a foreign language.
“For those who have suddenly found themselves without income, it is essential to think innovatively about making money. A TEFL qualification allows you to teach from anywhere in the world, creating a unique opportunity for fluent English speakers to make money from home, ”says Gibbons.
When it comes to working hours, many of the big online education companies are based in Asia. This means that the maximum teaching hours are from Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 4 pm, South African time, and from 1 pm to 4 pm on weekends. Alternatively, teachers can set their own hours by adding themselves and their grades to an existing agency database where TEFL students from around the world can easily find them.
An online TEFL course can be completed within four to six weeks and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. To help prospective teachers prepare for online teaching, the TEFL Academy has introduced live webinar classrooms, where TEFL teachers can practice teaching with other teachers representing students, the first in the online teaching space.
“Live seminars simulate the full online teaching experience from home, providing all TEFL teachers with practical knowledge in terms of managing an online class,” says Gibbons. “It’s a great starting point because employers are always looking for someone with experience.”
To teach English from home, all you need is:
- A legitimate TEFL rating
- A stable internet connection
- A pair of headphones
- A microphone
- A webcam
- A method of receiving payments, such as a PayPal account